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For Barbara Bush — Giant American Flag At Chichester, N.H., “Camping World”, At Half Mast.

by Anura Guruge


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It is one of the largest flags around here, and one the largest I have seen.

It towers over the “Camping World” RV sales lot, in Chichester, New Hampshire — just outside of our capital, Concord. It is quite the sight to see at anytime. Today, to see it at half mast was sobering. It definitely gets your attention. Its size has caused controversy.

It is at half mast for Barbara Bush — as it should be. She was quite the lady. She will be missed.


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Barbara Bush, With Danielle, At The ‘White House’, November 1992.

by Anura Guruge


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I was distressed to hear, earlier today, that former First Lady Barbara Bush (now 92) is in failing health and as opted to forgo further medical treatment. Like so many around the World, I wish her the very best.

She was quite the Lady — the epitome of one, and I think the above pictures, that hangs in our hallway, captures it all.

She was a genuine, caring human being — you can see it in those eyes.

This picture, at the White House, was taken in late November 1992 — about 2-weeks after they lost the presidential election to Bill Clinton. While, she had expressed, understandably disappointment, you can clearly see that she was not bitter or sulking. She did, however, tell Danielle, a rambunctious 3-year old at that the time, not to break anything too valuable because the they had to make sure that they handed over the House in tip-top condition.

There have, of course, been quite a few exemplary First Ladies, and Barbara Bush of course is up there among the best — and you can’t deny that irrespective of her politics.

She and Abigail Adams share an unique distinctions. They were both, Second Ladies of the United States, First Ladies and mothers of subsequent presidents. Wow. Pretty impressive.

I wish her well.

Her pictures will grace our hall and lives for as long as I am around.


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MetroCast High Speed Internet Delivering 190Mbps On My 150Mbps Service, In New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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The above actual screenshots from (Netflix) Fast.com was on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, on what was my 150Mbps Metrocast Internet service.

I check my Metrocast Internet speed, every morning, with Fast.com, before I start doing any work on my PC. I just want to make sure everything is copacetic.

So, I do my test, hoping to see 140 to 150Mbps, I get 190Mbps! Try again. It even flirts with 200Mbps, then falls back to 190Mbps,

I am impressed. I am happy.

I am NO stranger to Metrocast bumping up the Internet speed with no warning and more importantly, NO INCREASE in price.

In 2015 it was 75Mbps, and I was thrilled to get that speed.

In January 2016, with no fanfare, they increased the speed to 105 – 110Mbps. I was over the moon.

In January 2017, again with no notice, they hiked the speed up to 150 – 160Mbps.

OK. I waited and waited in January 2018 for another hike. Nada. I was crushed. I wrote about it.

Then, in mid-April, this.

Not complaining. All good. I am happy.


I do have a TDS 45 Mbps service IN ADDITION to my ‘190 Mbps’ Metrocast — as a backup. I use it to drive my Roku 3 streaming.


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‘John Legend’ Shoots Entire ‘A Good Night’ Music Video Using Just A Google Pixel 2.

by Anura Guruge


The Music Video Shot Entirely On A Google Pixel 2.


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It was, however, NOT shot handheld. They used a proper, professional jig and it shows.


I just happened to catch this on the 9am news this morning and was a bit chuffed. Hey, I have a Google Pixel 2 — which, as some of you know, I got myself last Christmas.

I use it 99.9% for still pictures — which has always been my preference.

Yes, I have shot a few videos with it and have been impressed with the quality.

I am in now way displeased with what it does in terms of stills. I bought it, after considerable research, because it appeared to have the best camera around — in December 2017. My decision has since been confirmed on the stills front — and this story affirms it on the video front. So, I am happy.

In the scheme of things it hasn’t given me much grief. It does what it is supposed to do, and some of the pictures it takes leaves me in awe. Invariably it the camera, not I.

Though we are ‘4-months’ down the road since I bought it — and that is, these days, a lifetime and more when it comes to technology — I still recommend it to folks who ask me about the camera on it, or the phone overall.


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Legendary Wolfman At “Clark’s Trading Post”, 1994 — 2008, Passed Away April 2, 2018, Aged 60.

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Facebook posting at “Clarks Trading Post”. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


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Given that I have been going, eagerly, to “Clark’s Trading Post“, on a fairly regular basis, since the 1990s, I knew this Wolfman well. Once even had a chat with him when he had finished for the day. Very nice guy.

Until I read the obituary I had NO IDEA that he had health issues. He looked so hale and hearty. Wow. I feel bad.

He has been impossible to replace. They were indeed BIG shoes to fill.

He will be remembered. He will be missed. He will be talked about.

Wow, my 3rd ‘passed away’ post in 2-days! I have never done so many this close together. Sobering. Another, alas, who died, younger than I. This when you start to realize how old you are.

Bill “Wolfman” Farrand
(JUNE 19, 1957 ~ APRIL 2, 2018),
RIP.


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Just In Case You Hadn’t Heard: ‘Winnie Mandela’ Died April 2, 2018 (Aged 81).

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_Madikizela-Mandela



I will readily confess that I am conflicted when it comes to Winnie.

There was a long period of my life, pre-1991, where I just absolutely ADORED her. I thought she was the cat’s whiskers. She did so much to fight apartheid, help the oppressed and help her imprisoned husband. She did a lot of good.

Then, yes, there was also the BAD and I never forgave her for divorcing Nelson — or how she initially fought to get a huge monetary settlement for him. But, from what I can piece together, Nelson continued to think of her kindly. But, he was an extraordinary man.

Anywho …

She is now dead. What we have to balance is whether she did more good than bad.

While I am not going to suddenly forgive her for her betrayals, I am willing to conceded that there was a 30-year period during which she was the “First Lady of Anti-Apartheid“, and I, for obvious reasons, was always passionately against apartheid and a HUGE fan of Nelson Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, RIP.


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Gordon Webster, Once The Queen’s Piper, Of Late Of Concord (NH), Passed Away On March 29, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From my 1999 ‘NH Highland Games’ program. I got to know him around this time.


Crop of HIS Facebook picture.


The Facebook message.



I happened, by chance, to hear the sad news on WMUR (Channel 9) news this morning. It was quite a shock. I had no idea that he had been that sick — or for that long. Though we were at best but nodding acquaintances I would have gone and seen him. He was quite the man.

I first met him at the ‘NH Highland Games‘, in Loon, probably around 1999 (given that he emigrated to NH in 1998). I would invariably say ‘hello’ and a few words. A few years later he started playing — or bringing some of his students — to the LaconiaMulticultural Day‘, which I attended, assiduously. I would chat to him there. The Laconia event was less hectic in those days. I, like now, was very homesick and wanted, desperately, to go back. He would tell me that I was crazy and that life was better in the U.S.!

I remember the role he — and for that matter, Denis Carr, of ‘The Brigadoons’ — played at the obviously memorable 2011 Highland Games, which took place on the weekend of 9/11. It was a very ‘charged’ game. I wrote this, in a post here, in 2012. You should read it. It talks about the 2001 Games as well as Gordon playing for the Queen in a sinking rowing boat!

Click to ENLARGE and read here. The link to the original post is in the text above.


I also wrote about Gordon here — when I did a post about his son’s bagpipes getting confiscated by U.S. customs because of the ivory parts on the 1936 bagpipes.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. The link to the original post is in the text above.


Great shame. A great loss.

I read some of his Facebook timeline. Wow. It had not been fun for him over the last couple of years.

I could not, for the world of me, find out how old Gordon was. Doing some extrapolations from comments associated with posted pictures I have a sinking feeling that he is much younger than I — which makes him quite young.

Gordon Webster, R.I.P.


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